Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Good Oodles of screen real estate make the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 terrific for videos, games, and reading; and its improved stylus aids productivity. A blazing quad-core processor, a great camera, and strong battery life round out the advantages of this Android 4.1 phone.

The Bad The huge display makes the Galaxy Note 2 unwieldy to carry, and hiccups in the S Pen stylus and apps can slow you down. The pricey Note 2 isn't a suitable tablet replacement across all categories.

The Bottom Line Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

The ultimate anti-iPhone

You're probably wondering how good the massive, tabletlike Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is, and if the smartphone can fulfill important tablet functions.

You may also wonder if the Note 2's 5.5-inch screen makes it too unwieldy to hold and carry as an everyday device, and if its battery quickly drains in service to the monster screen. Can the quad-core processor keep up, and will it defeat the purpose if you never slide out the Note's digital pen?

My answers are mostly positive. Yes, the second Note is huge in the hand and awkward at times to hold, but I quickly grew used to it. In specs, it's Samsung's highest-end phone, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, a speedy quad-core processor, an extra-large battery, and an 8-megapixel camera.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand AT&T
  • Service Provider Unlocked
  • Diagonal Size 5.55 in
  • Weight 6.35 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, barometer, gyro sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features 3D Gallery, AllShare Cast, S Pen multi-input, Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE), Smart Gestures, Smart Unlock, Smart stay, Speech-to-Text (speech recognition), T9 Trace, TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), intelligent typing (SWYPE), AllShare Group Cast, intelligent typing (T9), multitasking, software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air), AllShare Play, Easy Clip function, Pop Ups, Quick Command, Quick Glance function, S Beam, S Pen Air View
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